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>> A special election scheduled for March in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District is drawing national attention. Here, Republican candidate Rick Saccone, who was endorsed by Trump, has been campaigning hard on the tax cut message. He's banking on middle class voters who are receiving some extra cash from the Trump tax cuts to support Republican candidates like him and prevent a Democratic takeover of the House in November.
But that might be a stretch, says Reuters reporter Tim Reed, who talked to voters in the district, most of whom supported Trump in 2016.>> Many of the Trump voters I've spoken to have just recently seen a boost in their take-home pay as the tax cuts have kicked in in the last two or three weeks.
But they say the extra income won't really make that much difference to their lives. And they really believe that the tax cuts are a giveaway to the wealthy and the large corporations. And the Democratic candidate, Connor Lamb, has been hammering away on this issue for weeks.>> We have to protect the people that really need it.
>> One of Lamb's main campaign messages has been that the tax cuts are designed to benefit the rich. With a close race, outside conservative Republican groups are jumping in and have already spent nearly $5 million on ads.>> Conor Lamb is a Pelosi Liberal.>> Trying to discredit Lamb by linking him with Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi.
For Republicans, this election is crucial, it's about more than just Pennsylvania.>> Now, this race is getting a lot of attention by the national parties, because it is seen as somewhat of a bellwether and as a test for President Trump's tax cuts. This is a very white and predominantly wealthy district, much more wealthy than many other areas of the US.
>> And because this is a wealthy district with medium household incomes $6,000 higher than the national average, on paper, the tax cut message should play well and help Saccone win. But a recent Reuters poll found that nationwide, the tax plan so far does not appear to be helping Republicans on the ballot in November's mid-terms, when Democrats need 24 seats to retake control of the House.